Many piano students love playing great classical pieces, and some enjoy playing traditional favorites like folk songs or hymns. Then, there are some students who just want to rock. Playing classic rock songs can add a fun and energizing element to a your students’ piano repertoire. It can be difficult, however, to find pop and rock music that is not too advanced for young pianists. To make sure your students have a successful experience, check out the arrangements below. These arrangements are ideal for kids at levels 3-4, in the easy or early intermediate range.
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House of the Rising Sun for Piano Solo | Rock/ The Animals
Almost everyone is familiar with the Animals’ recording of this song, but they weren’t the first to record it. The tune and lyrics originated as a folk song, and multiple artists recorded versions as early as the 1930s and 1940s.
La Bamba for Piano Solo | Rock/ Ricky Valens
La Bamba also has its roots as a folk song, but this one hails from Mexico. Like The House of the Rising Sun, it too was recorded multiple times before the most well-known version was recorded by Ritchie Valens. His high-energy, rock styling of the tune made it popular and memorable.
Rockin’ Robin for Piano Solo | Rock/Michael Jackson and Bobby Day
The irresistible rhythm and catchy lyrics made this piece a hit twice– first when it was released by Bobby Day in 1958 and again when it was released by Michael Jackson in 1972. Much like La Bamba, this song was before your students’ time, so they may not be familiar with it, but chances are they’ll be glad you introduced them to it.
Love Me Tender for Piano Solo | Elvis Presley
This piece slows things down a bit, but a list of rock songs wouldn’t be completed without something by The King of rock. This is the simplest arrangement of those featured with a flowing bass line and clear melody. This piece also happens to be free, courtesy of the arranger and musician Gayla.
Yesterday for Piano Solo | The Beatles
Another slow classic, and another beautiful, flowing arrangement by Gayla. One of the most popular of the Beatles’ many hits, this piece by Paul McCartney is instantly recognizable. Lyrics aren’t included with this version, so make sure students listed to a recording or get a copy of them.
Piano Man for Piano Solo | Billy Joel
The narrative lyrics, singable melody, and distinctive piano part have all made this 70s hit timeless.
It will be tempting to sing along as your students enjoy these rock favorites for easy piano solo!
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